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Author: Brian DeLeeuw Narrator: Robbie Daymond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9780698403994
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How much of yourself are you willing to sell?

At twenty-five, Simon Worth is a med school dropout, facing the grim reality of failure and massive student loans. Left with few options, he becomes an organ broker for a black-market organization, matching cash-strapped donors with recipients whose time on the transplant list is running out.
Tasked with finding a donor for Lenny Pellegrini, a severely depressed ex-NFL player who’s been drinking himself to death, Simon’s luck appears to change when he’s contacted by Maria Campos, a young woman desperate for cash whose liver happens to be the perfect match.

The transplant goes according to plan . . . until soon afterward, when Maria disappears and Lenny makes a cruel and destructive decision. As Simon’s world becomes increasingly dangerous, he learns of an unspeakable secret from Maria’s past and must decide, against his better moral judgment, that the only way he’ll survive is to trust her.

Chilling and fast-paced, The Dismantling questions the meaning of atonement and asks how you can reconcile the person you once were—and the person you want to be—with the person you are today. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • DeLeeuw's precise, vivid prose has that visceral power of both a successful psychological thriller and a gripping ghost story. The Daily Telegraph (UK)
  • Creepily compelling. Daily Mail (UK)
  • Mysterious, psychologically, craggy, and highly readable. Time Out New York
  • Riveting ... suspenseful and terrifying. Library Journal
  • A story of friendship and betrayal, violence, madness, lust, and power that will keep you guessing until the very last page—and leave you gasping for air. BookPage
  • In this original, inventive debut, Brian DeLeeuw delivers a suspenseful and surprisingly tender psychological thriller that gives shape to the torment of isolation. Helen Schulman, author of This Beautiful Life
  • In this Way I Was Saved is a frightening, gripping tale about a sadistic secret sharer, a shadow self who is ready to devour its host. This is one of the most fascinating and controlled first novels I’ve ever read—a sustained performance that hypnotizes and terrifies the reader. Edmund White, author of A Boy’s Own Story
  • [W]ill keep you guessing right until the book reaches its inevitable conclusion. I haven't been this entertained by a debut novel in years. Dale Peck, author of Drift House
  • In This Way I Was Saved gave me chills, not only for its dead-on depiction of the searing loneliness of a hermetically sealed mind, but because it is so thrillingly well-executed. A superb first novel Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award-winning author of The Great Man and Blue Plate Special
  • Original, subversive, funny, twisted, and totally engrossing, In This Way I Was Saved is a mind-bending tour de force. I read the last page, flipped back to the beginning, and immediately started again. Chelsea Cain, New York Times–bestselling author of Heartsick and Sweetheart
  • Spellbinding. Publishers Weekly
     
  • Haunting and persuasive. Los Angeles Times
  • Terrifying and terrifyingly good. Vanity Fair
  • Elegant, unsettling and wildly original, In This Way I Was Saved reads like a coming-of-age-story with the heart of a nasty thriller. Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Gone Girl
  • While this is a fast-paced, engaging thriller, it is also much, much more. It is, at its heart, a fully and tenderly rendered exploration of loss and shame and the deep yearning for some manner of redemption. It is about the difficult choices put before us—and that might very well damn us—when possible redemption is close at hand. Thomas O’Malley, author of This Magnificent Desolation
  • With its high tension plot and atmosphere of unease, The Dismantling is a morally ambiguous thriller in the grand tradition of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith. It has smart things to say about memory, redemption, and what it's like to live in a world where everything is for sale, but it says them by telling a gripping story. Christopher Beha, author of Arts & Entertainments
  • “Powerful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “While this is a fast-paced, engaging thriller, it is also much, much more. It is, at its heart, a fully and tenderly rendered exploration of loss and shame and the deep yearning for some manner of redemption. It is about the difficult choices put before us.”

    Thomas O’Malley, author of This Magnificent Desolation

  • “A whip-smart modern noir. Brian DeLeeuw’s writing is as keenly intelligent as it is eerily propulsive.”

    Jennifer duBois, acclaimed author of Cartwheel

  • “Intense, spare, and unflinching, DeLeeuw’s The Dismantling treads risky, ethically nuanced territory, exploring the nature of absolution and revenge, the lies we tell our families, and the honesty we can find with strangers. A psychologically insightful, gripping novel.”

    Michaela Carter, author of Further Out Than You Thought

  • “With its high tension plot and atmosphere of unease, The Dismantling is a morally ambiguous thriller in the grand tradition of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith.”

    Christopher Beha, author of Arts & Entertainments

  • “A smart novel…moves at a brisk pace, and DeLeeuw provides back stories for his characters that make them complex and convincing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Brian DeLeeuw is the author of the novel In This Way I Was Saved. Born and raised in New York City, he is now a screenwriter living in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.